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Polish Citizenship by Descent

Poland allows descendants of Polish nationals (including Polish Jews) to apply for citizenship in certain cases. Depending on your family history, you may be eligible to apply for citizenship if one of your ancestors was Polish or Polish-Jewish. Make the most out of your ancestry by acquiring a Polish passport and experience the full freedom and protection afforded to EU nationals.

Polish Citizenship by Descent

Polish Citizenship by Descent (Including for Jewish Poles)

Despite being almost completely destroyed during the Second World War, capital city Warsaw is the thriving business and cultural center of Poland. Holders of a Polish passport have access to over 70% of the global GDP and can travel to more than 80% (or over 180 destinations) of the world without needing a visa in advance.

You can apply for Polish citizenship by descent if you have Polish (including Polish-Jewish) ancestry. As a citizen of Poland, you can live, work, study, and retire in this Central European country and anywhere else in the EU and Switzerland at any time.

Requirements of Polish citizenship by descent

Conditions for descendants

The direct descendants of a Polish (or Jewish Pole) ancestor are eligible to apply for citizenship:

  • Children
  • Grandchildren
  • Great-grandchildren

Conditions for ancestors

You may qualify for Polish citizenship by descent if at least one parent, grandparent, or great-grandparent:

  1. Was born in Poland
  2. Resided in Poland any time after January 1920
  3. Did not lose their Polish citizenship at any point in their life

Documents required 

Applications for citizenship by descent must be accompanied by substantive original documentation supporting your ancestral claim. Where available, such documents include the ancestor’s:

  • ID or passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce certificate
  • Death certificate or records

Procedures and time frame of Polish citizenship by descent

Applicants are advised to read all the requirements carefully before submitting their application. Thereafter, they will need to complete a client intake form to check for eligibility.

Henley & Partners can seamlessly manage the entire citizenship by descent application process for you, from simplifying the complex Polish laws to helping you prove your lineage by checking various institutions and archives, to you receiving your Polish passport in hand.

The process for acquiring Polish citizenship through descent typically takes eight to ten months, but it can vary significantly.

Contact us today

For more information on how we can help you secure your future by connecting with your family’s legacy, please complete the Polish citizenship by descent enquiry form below.

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